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April 5, 2014

2 dead and 13 injured in crash on I-75 in Hamilton County

Jasper — Two Florida men died and 13 people were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries in a five vehicle crash involving a Greyhound bus on Interstate 75 in Jasper late last night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Reports show that on Friday, April 4, at 11:44 p.m., a 1993 Buick Century, driven by Ernest Lee Holmes, 91, High Springs, was traveling south on I-75 in the northbound inside lane at mile marker 449 in Hamilton County. A 2013 Ford Expedition, driven by Peter J. Linek, 55, Ormond Beach, was traveling north on I-75 in the inside lane. A third vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer, driven by Robert J. Bolt, 67, Niles, Mich. was traveling north in the inside lane behind the Ford Expedition. A Greyhound bus, driven by Alvis A. Gaston, 62, Locust Grove, Ga. was traveling north in the center lane, and a 2013 Honda Odyssey, driven by Laura Baumgart, 35, South Bend, Ind. was also traveling north in the inside lane.

Reports further state that the Buick Century struck the Ford Expedition in a head-on type collision. Subsequently, the other three vehicles were involved in secondary collisions as the first two vehicles were coming to final rest.

The Greyhound bus, en route to Atlanta with 42 passengers onboard, had begun its route in Tampa and made stops in Lakeland, Orlando and Gainesville prior to the crash. Thirteen passengers on the bus were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, FHP said.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a contributing factor for drivers of the Buick Century and Ford Expedition, who both died at the scene. Alcohol is not suspected to be a contributing factor for the other drivers involved in the crash, however, all three consented to a voluntary blood draw at the scene. All of the passengers in the other two vehicles had no injuries. Charges are pending, according to FHP.

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